Anastasia Powell is a criminologist specialising in prevention, policy and practice reform addressing family and sexual violence.
Anastasia has over 18 years experience as a criminologist in the fields of prevention, policy and practice reform addressing family and sexual violence. She has previously worked in policy roles for the Department of Justice and Community Safety (State Government of Victoria), and has undertaken numerous commissioned research projects for government and non-government agencies to inform policy and practice development in both responses to, and prevention of, domestic and family violence. Since 2016, Anastasia has served on the board of directors of Our Watch, Australia's national organisation for the prevention of violence against women. She is also a member of the National Women's Safety Alliance, and a regular advisor to government and non-government agencies on gender-based violence.
Anastasia is the author or co-author of over 100 scholarly works including books such as: The Palgrave Handbook on Gendered Violence and Technology (2021), Digital Criminology (2018), and Sex, Power and Consent (2010). Her refereed articles are highly cited and feature in top-ranking journals in both the criminology and psychology disciplines. Anastasia's recent research has examined: sexual violence prevention practice; sector responses to both family and sexual violence; the intersections of gender-based violence and technology-facilitated abuse; and cyber crimes. Anastasia is a former Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipient for her research into community responses to crime and justice in online contexts, and has been a Chief Investigator on several research projects into technology-facilitated abuse and cyber crime funded by both the ARC and the Australian Institute of Criminology.
Anastasia was the founding program manager of the Graduate Certificate in Domestic & Family Violence at RMIT University. She convened meetings of the Industry Advisory Committee and led consultations with Victorian family violence sector representatives and Family Safety Victoria (State Government of Victoria) to inform the curriculum design and delivery of the Graduate Certificate in Domestic & Family Violence, which is a recognised qualification for family violence case workers.
Anastasia is a regular media contributor and is sought out for her expert commentary on issues of gender-based violence, gender equality, technology-facilitated abuse and cyber crimes. She has published over 40 commentary pieces in sources such as The Conversation, and has appeared in television, radio and print media interviews including for BBC World News London, ABC News Breakfast and The Project (Chanel 10).
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- Criminologist researching prevention, policy and practice reform addressing family and sexual violence
- Policy and program advisor in prevention and responses to family and sexual violence
- Lecturer in the Graduate Certificate in Domestic & Family Violence
- Media commentator on gender-based violence, gender equality, technology-facilitated abuse and cyber crimes
- PhD (Criminology), The University of Melbourne, 2008
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons, Criminology), The University of Melbourne, 2004
- Commissioned research for government departments such as: Office for Women (Victoria), Department of Social Services (Commonwealth)
- Commissioned research for non-government organisations such as: VicHealth, Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS), and Our Watch
- Former policy officer, Department of Justice & Community Safety (State Government of Victoria)
- Thorburn, J.,Powell, A.,Chambers, P. (2023). A world alone: Masculinities, humiliation and aggrieved entitlement on an incel forum In: British Journal of Criminology, 63, 238 - 254
- Flynn, A.,Powell, A.,Hindes, S. (2023). Policing technology-facilitated abuse In: Policing & Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 33, 575 - 592
- Flynn, A.,Cama, E.,Powell, A.,Scott, A. (2023). Victim-blaming and image-based sexual abuse In: Journal of Criminology, 56, 7 - 25
- Powell, A. (2023). An Intersectional Analysis of Technology-Facilitated Abuse: Prevalence, Experiences and Impacts of Victimization In: The British Journal of Criminology, , 1 - 20
- Powell, A. (2023). Technology-Facilitated Abuse Victimization: A Gendered Analysis in a Representative Survey of Adults In: Feminist Criminology, , 1 - 24
- Lavorgn, A.,Powell, A. (2023). Addressing Antisocial Behaviour and Toxic Communication Online In: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 29, 303 - 309
- Powell, A. (2023). Technology-Facilitated Abuse: Intimate partner violence in digital society In: The Routledge Companion to Gender, Media and Violence, Taylor & Francis, London, United Kingdom
- Powell, A. (2022). Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence: Reflections on the concept In: Rape, Routledge, London, United Kingdom
- Flynn, A.,Hindes, S.,Powell, A. (2022). Technology-facilitated abuse: Interviews with victims and survivors and perpetrators In: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) Sydney
- Powell, A.,Flynn, A.,Hindes, S. (2022). Technology-facilitated abuse: National survey of Australian adults’ experiences In: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) Sydney
2 PhD Current Supervisions5 PhD Completions
- AI and Sexualised Deepfakes: Social, Technological and Legal Interventions (externally led by Monash University). Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2023 via Other University from (2023 to 2026)
- Family violence and sexual harm: Principles for responding to victim survivors with co-occurring experience of family and sexual violence. Funded by: Family Violence Research Grants Program from (2022 to 2023)
- Technology-Facilitated Sexual Harassment: Perpetration, Responses and Prevention (Administered by Monash University). Funded by: ANROWS Sexual Harassment Research Program from (2022 to 2023)
- Responding to cybercrime crime: Perceptions and needs of Australian police and the general community (Administered by Queensland University of Technology). Funded by: Australian Institute of Criminology - Contract from (2018 to 2019)
- Revenge pornography: The implications for law reform. Funded by: 010-ARC Discovery Projects 2017 from (2017 to 2021)